The death toll in the Northern California Camp Fire grew to 48 Tuesday, as recovery teams identified six more sets of human remains from Paradise, a town once home to 27,000, overrun by flames last week.
While the causes of the Camp and Woolsey fires have not been determined, state regulators are investigating two utility companies that reported incidents shortly before the two fires started. It was 35 percent contained as of Tuesday.
The Woolsey Fire, Camp Fire and Hill Fire all began on Thursday in various parts of the Golden State, quickly growing and forcing evacuations.
Mr Foss, 63, moved to Paradise eight years ago because the high cost of living pushed him out of the San Francisco Bay Area, according to his daughter, Angela Loo.More news: Boeing stock drops as 737 deliveries lag
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One of the town's two elementary schools was totally destroyed by the Camp Fire. Battling the blaze are 5,100 firefighters, some from Washington state and Texas, backed by more than 600 fire engines and 21 helicopters, Cal Fire said. It broke out south of the Camp Fire in Ventura County.
There are almost 3,600 fire personnel fighting the Woolsey fire. A spokeswoman for the California Public Utilities Commission tells the station that it will incorporate those reports into its investigation. But the death toll was all but certain to rise.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. alerted customers in nine counties on November 6 that it might need to shut off their power on November 8 due to extreme fire danger.
The news was less severe on the southern end of California's wildfire front, where a blaze called the Woolsey Fire has killed two people, destroyed over 400 buildings and displaced some 200,000 people in the mountains and foothills near the Malibu coast, west of Los Angeles. Investigators are consulting forensic anthropologists for help in identifying the remains. Four more were found on Friday, and 20 more over the weekend.
Thousands of firefighters battled blazes in northern and southern California as body recovery teams searched the remains of houses and charred cars for victims of the deadliest wildfires in the history of the USA state.
The fires have killed 31 people as of Monday morning.